Virginia isn’t joking about its mask laws.
Winchester police arrested a man dressed as the Joker on Friday and slapped him with a felony ― a grim reminder of the state’s strict mask law that bars almost anyone from concealing their face in public.
Jeremy Putman, 31, was called in for walking around town in the creepy clown villain makeup while carrying a sword, according to a press release. Responding officers were apparently less worried about the weapon, and focused instead on Putnam’s face, which was covered in white paint to emulate Batman’s rival.
“[Putnam] is charged with wearing a mask in public and is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond,” the release states. “Officers do not believe there are additional suspects, but want to remind the community of the seriousness of the crime.”